Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


I tried several different pills for years but each one in the end turned me into a manic depressive! i did not get along with the hormones at all, i suffered from depression, mood swings, irritability, paranoia, and i know i had to try a hormone free alternative as it was causing my relationship to nearly break down. i never had periods which were that heavy or irregular, and got the copper coil at 21/22 (i am now nearly 24). it was a little uncomfortable having it inserted (that pinch!) and after you do get cramps and spotting. the first few months are the worst, so stick at it. i would say the first 2-3 months, the periods are the worst. i suffered from cramps (but they were fine after painkillers) and heavier periods – much heavier than i was used to. they also lasted a little longer. however, i have now had the coil for nearly 2 years and my periods are back to what they used to be – sometimes i get no pain, they are not that heavy – and best of all i do not have any mental health issues! if you are prone to going a bit nutty on the pill and do not suffer from heavy periods i couldn’t recommend the copper coil enough. it also lasts for 10 years! i would recommend asking your doctor or nurse to trim the threads to as short as they can be as my partner could feel them despite being trimmed twice. i advise all of my friends to get the coil – it isnt as scary as people make out and honestly changed my life for the better. i dont have to worry about taking a pill at the same time every day, i have peace of mind knowing that i am protected for 10 years and it hasn’t got nasty, personality altering hormones! (plus the pill can cause other issues). Defo go for it if youre considering it :)

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat positively
No change
Heavier periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

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